The United States’ team defeated Great Britain-Ireland 17-9 in the Walker Cup matches contested by those countries’ top amateurs at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton this past weekend.
Newsday’s golf writer, Mark Herrmann, wrote that “it was fitting that the climactic strokes in a resounding 17-9 victory were scored by Todd White and Nathan Smith,” the U.S.’s eldest players at 45 and 35. The other eight Americans were collegians, most of them first-team all-Americans.
“That Smith and White earned the big points was vindication,” Herrmann wrote, “for captain Jim Holtgrieve, who was given a Mulligan by the U.S. Golf Association after his team lost this event in Scotland in 2011 and was allowed to add two Mid-Ams (players 25 and older).”
Fran Kiernan’s 103
Fran Kiernan, a former East Hampton School District athletic director — and Hall of Fame member — who was the first to broaden the athletic menu here so that students could choose to play sports other than the traditional three — football, basketball, and baseball — turned 103 on Aug. 28. He lives in Boynton Beach, Fla., with his wife, who is also named Fran.
Kiernan, who began the East Hampton Boys Club summer camp that is now run by Mark Crandall and Eric Scoppetta under the East Hampton Sports Camp banner, came to East Hampton in 1946 from Pittsburgh, and lived here until three years ago.
In 1952, his football team went undefeated and untied, the only one in East Hampton football history that can make that claim, a feat that earned him county coach of the year honors.
Hole in One
Julie Bradley carded a hole in one on Montauk Downs’ 126-yard 8th hole from the forward tees on Aug. 11.
A Family Affair
Lona Rubenstein and her grandson, David, who she says “has a natural feel for the game,” wound up among seven others at the final table of a No Limit Hold ’Em poker tournament at Foxwoods in Connecticut recently.
“They put me next to him, and he says, ‘Hi, Grandma!’ whereupon one of the other players says, ‘Hey kid, have some respect.’ ”
“ ‘No,’ said David, ‘she really is my grandmother.’ ”
“We both cashed,” she said. “He was sixth and I was ninth. What day was it? I don’t know. I don’t even know what today is. I’m 80, you know.”
Erik Brierley, who lives in Boston now, hopes to play on the United States’ team that is to make its Olympic debut in 7s in Rio de Janeiro three years hence.
According to Charlie Collins, Brierley, who’s a member of the Montauk Rugby Club, “has been invited to work out at an Olympic development academy following physical tests and training combines in New England. . . . He began playing the sport here in East Hampton. He went on to play at the University of Rhode Island and for the Boston Men’s R.C., one of the premier sides in the country, as well as for Montauk.”